I am wondering if any of you can relate to the following.
You go to a new restaurant in your area that is receiving rave reviews. Or maybe you are on vacation
and go to a restaurant you have been hearing about for years.
In either event, you are very excited about going to this restaurant and sampling the delicacies it has to offer. Your expectations are high.
The food comes. As you eat, the reaction going on inside your mind goes something like this:
"Mmmmmm. Okay. Yeah. I can see how this dish is....um....pretty good. This is pleasant."
But another side to your brain is thinking:
"What's wrong with you? Why aren't you raving about this?"
So, you go to a restaurant like this, expecting a meal with a grade of an "A." But what you get is either a "B" or a "C."
It's as if my high expectations form a denial mechanism which delays my perception of how mediocre a meal truly is.
I have a friend of mine who is the exact opposite. His mother owns a restaurant in New York City, so he grew up in the business.
On occasion, we eat out together. He can usually give me his grade on the quality of his meal in 5 minutes.
In contrast, it sometimes takes me a day or two before I sift through my memories and reactions to a certain meal and give my grade.
Now then. Let's consider another restaurant reaction.
You go to another restaurant with high expectations.
But this time, your reactions are much more definite.
"Oh Yeah! This is it! This is what eating is all about! This has got to be one of the top ten meals I have had in my entire life!"
When you go to bed that night, you are still raving to yourself how great that meal was. Even days later, you are saying to yourself: "Man, that was good!"
It is rare that I have such a positive reaction to a restaurant meal. But it does happen. When it does, it has the effect of giving me a renewed sense of confidence in my ability to assess the quality of meal.
In other words, when a meal is truly superb, there is no delayed reaction as to its quality. When it's that good, you know it. Instantly.
By the way, the last time I had such a reaction to a restaurant meal was when I tried the Panang Curry Salmon at The Lotus Of Siam in Las Vegas.